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Flatbeds & Hybrids 2013 Report

(June 2013) posted on Thu Jun 27, 2013

Offerings from 20+ companies to expand your shop’s job mix.

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Fujifilm North America
The Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed builds on the company’s Acuity Advance platform and includes eight independent ink channels. The eight-channel model includes CMYK with an additional channel for cyan and magenta, and the option of two channels of white (allowing for in-line double-strike white capability) or white plus clear ink. Available in two sizes: Select (49 x 98 in.) and Select X2 (98 x 120 in.); both models can accommodate media up to 1.9-in. thick. A roll-media kit is optional (86-in. wide max). Print resolution: 1200-dpi equivalent. Top speed is 353 sq ft/hr (Select flatbed); production speed is 219 sq ft/hr (Select flatbed). ColorGate ProductionServer7 Fujifilm Edition RIP.

The company’s Acuity Advance LT, billed as an entry-level UV flatbed, is a 4-color printer that features variable dot imaging, can accommodate rigid media up to 49.6 x 98.4 in. and up to 1.89-in. thick (it can also handle roll media up to 86.6-in. wide, as an option) Top speed is 132 sq ft/hr in Production mode; 91 sq ft/hr in Quality mode. The Advance LT utilizes KO or KI-series inks, packaged in 2-liter bags. The LT can be upgraded to the standard Advance or to Advance with white.

Also available are the Acuity LED 1600, Acuity Advance, and Acuity Advance HS, and Acuity Advance HS-X2. The company is also the exclusive North American distributor of Inca Digital products (see listing).

Gandy Digital
The Pred8tor is a 5-color (CMYK+W) UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option. It offers a resolution up to 1200 dpi (apparent) and a top speed of 1920 sq ft/hr in Production mode (400 sq ft/hr in Extra Fine mode). Max. print size is 48 x 96 in. (rigid), and the Pred8tor can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. The machine’s touch-and-drag GUI runs on the WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which comes loaded with video tutorials and a live diagnostic system; also available is a materials inventory-control ordering system. A print extension table is optional.

The LED UV Viper digital pad printer is capable of handling materials up to 12-in. high. It features a 24 x 24-in. print area and offers these color options: CMYK; CMYKcm; CMYK + clear; CMYK + W + clear; and CMYK + W + W. Top resolution is 700 x 900 dpi. The machine features an interchangeable jig to accommodate a variety of substrates and objects.